An open letter to the National Trust
An open letter to the National Trust on the inclusion of creationist propaganda in the new Giant's Causeway National Trust visitors center.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Sam Johnston8 July 2012The National TrustPO Box 39Warrington, WA5 7WD, UKBy e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org cc email@example.comAn open letter to the National TrustDear Sir/Madam,I write with regards your recent submission to the vocal religious minority with the inclusion ofcreationist propaganda in the new Giants Causeway National Trust visitors center. I consider this to bebreathtakingly poor judgement, especially for such an important and (hitherto) trustworthyorganisation who carries such critical roles and responsibilities in delivering unbiased education. Clearly Iam not alone in my disappointment, as evidenced by the strongly worded, persistent and overwhelminglynegative feedback you continue to receive by way of correspondence, social media and the press.By giving “Young Earth Creationism” a platform you undermine the overwhelming majority ofrespectable scientists who are working tirelessly to tackle the real issues, most notably ﬁnding asustainable balance between human development and our environment. In that sense deference tounfounded religious superstition is not merely benign (as is the case for other myths such as belief inSanta Claus or the tooth fairy) but carries positively harmful consequences that are consideredby many to be a threat to human survival.I implore you to urgently reconsider your inclusion of this unscientiﬁc nonsense (justiﬁed only by a singlework of ﬁction written by our unsophisticated ancestors in another age), disavow claims by the CalebFoundation that it serves as “an acknowledgement both of the legitimacy of the creationist position on theorigins of the unique Causeway stones and of the ongoing debate around this” and conduct an ethical reviewof the “senior National Trust ofﬁcials who have worked closely with [the Caleb Foundation] over a prolongedperiod”. There is no “ongoing debate” amongst respectable scientists and the claim that there is servesonly as a distraction from the real issues.I look forward to your prompt, public and unambiguous response to this issue,Kind regards,Sam Johnston